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  1. Introduction
  2. Thomas Harriot
  3. Galileo Galilei
  4. Astronomy: Case study
  5. Analysis
  6. Conclusion

Astronomy is classified as a natural science that included the study of celestial objects such as stars, moon, planets, galaxies and nebulae. In addition, it also deals with the physics, chemistry, and the objects evolution, and phenomena that originate outside the earth's atmosphere. Astronomy is among the oldest science. Astronomical artifacts including the Egyptian monument have been lefty by the prehistoric cultures to performed night sky observation (Renner et al., pg. 617). Astrometry is the term used to refer to the most ancient form of astronomy. It includes the measure of the moon, planets and sun. There are calculations that are linked to the motions that allow the astronomers to model planets' and star's birth and evolution. In addition, it is useful in coming up with predictions of events such as meteor showers, eclipses and comets appearances.

Another related but more complex subject is cosmology that encompasses study of the universe as a whole. Such prehistoric cultures include the Nubian and Egyptian monuments and other early civilizations such as the Iranians, Maya, Chinese, Greeks, Babylonians and the Indians. There was the need to invent the telescope before astronomy made it into the modern science. Astronomy has historically included disciplines ranging from astrometry, observational astronomy, celestial navigation and making of calendars (Trumper, pg. 11). Currently, astronomy is considered synonymous with astrophysics. In the twentieth century, astronomy split into theoretical and observational branches. Observation astronomy focus on acquiring data from various observations of astronomical objects that is then analyzed using basic principles of physics. On the other hand, theoretical astronomy is oriented towards computer development or analytical models that describe the astronomical phenomena and objects (Renner et al., pg. 618).

[...] This book was written in the 16th century. These coded maps are actually some of the drawings by Thomas and Galileo. Early astronomers claimed to notice various patterns in the sky and made attempts to organize then in order to predict and tract their way of motion. These patterns were known as constellations. The patterns assisted the ancient people to measure and know seasons. There is evidence of people tracking the movement of stars all over the world but more prevalent in Egypt, Greece, china, America, India and Mesopotamia. [...]


[...] Currently, astronomy is considered synonymous with astrophysics. In the twentieth century, astronomy split into theoretical and observational branches. Observation astronomy focus on acquiring data from various observations of astronomical objects that is then analyzed using basic principles of physics. On the other hand, theoretical astronomy is oriented towards computer development or analytical models that describe the astronomical phenomena and objects (Renner et al., pg. 618). Thomas Harriot was the first person, four centuries ago, to look as a celestial object using a microscope. [...]


[...] Harriot came to known as the England Galileo since he pondered the universe through his modest home on his ally's estate (Bayard, 2010). Works cited Basu, Dipak, and Richard A. Matzner. Dictionary Of Geophysics, Astrophysics, And Astronomy. N. P Bayard, Louis. The School of Night: A Novel. New York: Henry Holt and Co Print. Hyslop, Scott. ?Thomas Harriot and His World: Mathematics, Exploration, and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England Edited by Robert Fox.? aestimatio 10 (2013): 293?313. Print. Renner, S et al. [...]

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